Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Doctors say the most crucial period in human brain development is from birth to two years old, which is why the Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network wanted to stress the importance of healthy infant feeding.
"What we have heard directly from some new moms, 'Is this the right for my baby?' Or, 'If my baby is spitting up all the time?' Or '...Seems to have an upset stomach collically stomach, what formula is the right one for them?' And that's a decision that has to be made with their pediatrician or their family practice provider," Sharon Chesna of Mothers & Babies explained.
Doctors say that most infant formula is designed to almost mimic a mother's breast milk. Each formula is relatively the same and should contain potassium and protein to help your baby grow. However, some chemical compounds react different to each baby, and cause diarrhea, spitting up and even upset stomachs.
Doctors also say that animal milk, like cow, goat or even camel's milk, should never be given to children between birth and two years old.
This is because the human body is not designed to properly digest milk from other species.
Dr. David Clark, Chief of Pediatrics at Albany medical center met with mothers and nurses to break down the science of infant formula.
"They have to contain appropriate amounts of nutrients, adequate amounts without having too much of anything that might not be handled appropriately by the baby," Clark said.
Theres a common misconception that soy based formula is better than regular formula, but experts say that this soy product is more expensive and takes a backseat to breast milk.
"It's a job to breast feed, but I think it's a really important job ,and if we can do it right and stick with it, then we have great healthy babies," Registered nurse Jeanne Materese said.
In Binghamton, Jenna Hanchard WBNG TV Action News.